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Getting Teachers and School Administrators Ready for the Upcoming Solar Eclipses (Sept 2023)

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Science education leaders will play a critical role in helping to make these rare celestial experiences meaningful to the students by informing teachers about the details of the eclipses in advance. Equally important will be to connect to school administrators, helping them understand the value of using the eclipses as a teachable moment and showing them how easy they are to observe safely. Join veteran astronomers and science educators Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi to learn how to make the most out of these celestial events, including key messages for school administrators, where the eclipses will be visible, how to view them safely, what learning activity resources are available, what causes them, and why they are such rare events (or are they?). Presenters: Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi are both leaders in the Solar Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society and in the Solar Activities for Libraries (SEAL) project to distribute 5 million safe-viewing glasses (and information) for the upcoming eclipses through 10,000 public libraries, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. They co-authored the NSTA Press books, Solar Science and When the Sun Goes Dark, key resources for educators during solar eclipses. They jointly edited The Universe at Your Fingertips, a collection of astronomy activities and teaching resources, published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and used by educators and astronomers around the world. They each received the NSTA Faraday Award for excellence in science communication and have asteroids named for them in honor of their contributions to the public understanding of science.

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